Hope Cup

Governor backs Lagatois

The governor said he was impressed with the performance of the Lagatois invitational side that played against a strong Mendi select side at the inaugural Hope Cup Rugby League match in Mendi recently.

While giving his remarks on the success of Hope Cup main match between Port Moresby Vipers and Mendi Muruks, Governor Parkop also praised the young Lagatois outfit for putting up a brave performance with great display of strength, skill and speed, saying they are ready and can match any team in the intercity competition.

Positives from inaugural Hope Cup

The main objective of the PNGRFL sanctioned rugby league match was to restore peace and normalcy in the town of Mendi in preparation for the 2020 PNG Games in November.

Vipers edged out Muruks 11-10 in extra time while in the curtain-raiser, the Mendi rugby league select side beat Motu Koitabu Lagatois 18-12 on Sunday evening in a hard fought match.

Speaking after the game, NCD Governor Powes Parkop said Mendi and Southern Highlands is ready to host the 2020 PNG Games.